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"I paint because it creates a sense of joy, of relief during that original confrontation with reality. The act of painting is in itself a way to sustain that emotion of the mind and heart. Through my work I try to build a similar response in others".

-Tom Forrestall, 1976, from Tom Forrestall: Paintings, Drawings, Writings

Forrestall’s images of Atlantic Canadian rural landscapes are infused with a mystical, transcendent and fascinating quality. Through his characteristic “magic realism” style and the use of shaped canvases, Forrestall combines reality, poetry, and a metaphysical dimension that transcends a spiritual and emotional energy to the viewer. The tensions between dream and reality – between life and art – are what give his art its dynamism and power.

Forrestall’s creativity is expressed through three primary disciplines—drawing, painting, and writing. His drawings and paintings record his artistic vocabulary and capture his visions from his imagination and the spirit of what he sees with his eyes. His writings explore and record ideas relating to his artistic and spiritual life, his family, and his surroundings, and probe the nature of his creativity, his hopes and dreams, and the source of his visions.

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Tom Forrestall - Winter Beach - click for larger image

Winter Beach
27.5 x 23.5 Inches 
egg tempera on gessoed panel
“Winter Beach”
The New Year’s weekend for 2010 turned out to be quite an adventure for Diane and I. We reserved a cabin early, little knowing a fierce click here for more...
Tom Forrestall - The Darkening Shore - click for larger image

The Darkening Shore
24 x 30 Inches 
acrylic on gessoed panel
“The Darkening Shore” “Woodpile and Sailboat” “Soling Class” “Moon Rise””Due Back”

As I paint out an idea, many titles come to me. Each click here for more...
Tom Forrestall - Burnt Log Washed Up - click for larger image

Burnt Log Washed Up
15 x 22 Inches 
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Tom Forrestall was born in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia on March 11th, 1936. He grew up in Middleton and Dartmouth and began to attend art classes at the Nova Scotia College in Halifax at an early age.

In 1954 Forrestall was awarded an entrance scholarship to the Fine Arts Faculty at Mount Allison University from which he graduated in 1958. In the same year he received a Canada Council Grant for independent study (one of the first granted) and travelled throughout Europe. In 1959 he became the assistant curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and in 1960 received his first major commission -- a painting to be presented to Princess Margaret as a wedding gift from the Province of New Brunswick. Shortly thereafter, having supported himself in various related jobs, Forrestall began to devote himself full time to painting.

Forrestall is one of the leading figures associated with the visual  arts in the Maritime region. His work has been exhibited and is represented in every major public collection the region and beyond, including numerous solo exhibitions in prominent galleries worldwide.

Tom Forrestall's work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Canada and Europe including Colville, Forrestall, Pratt at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Aspects of Realism, an exhibition of international art organized by Rothman's.

His work is reproduced in most histories of contemporary Canadian art and is featured in High Realism in Canada, the 1974 book by Paul Duval. Two monographs on his paintings and watercolours have been published: Shaped by this Land (1974) and Returning the Favour: Vision for Vision (1992) as well as many exhibition catalogues. Most recently, Tom Forrestall: Paintings, Drawings, Writings (2008) was published in conjunction with his retrospective at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Solo Exhibitions
2011    Tom Forrestall: Master Works, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010    Tom Forrestall: Paintings, Drawings, Writings - McMichael Canadian Art
       Collection, Kleinburg, ON
2007    Retrospective, N.S Art Gallery
2005    Trinity Galleries, St John N.B
2004    Gallery 78, Fredericton
2004    Kinsman Robinson Galleries Toronto
2003    Kinsman Robinson Galleries Toronto
2003    Swiss Air 111 crash wreckage drawings, N.S Art Gallery
2003    Argyle Gallery, Halifax N.S
2002    Trinity Gallery
2001    Argyle Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
2001    Kinsman Robinson Galleries Toronto
2001    Gallery Trenta Dua, Milan
2000    Dartmouth Heritage Museum
1999    Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
1999    Alderney Landing Gallery, Dartmouth
1998    Dalhousie Killam Library, special collection of Note Books
1998    Fog Forest Gallery
1998    Trinity Gallery, St John, N.B.
1997    One hundred miniatures,  Forrestall Fine Art, Dartmouth N.S.
1996    Gallerie Dresdnere, Toronto
1995    Ring Gallery, St John, N.B.
1994    The Notebooks of Tom Forrestall, Dartmouth Heritage Museum, N.S.
1994    Tom Forrestall - A Decade, Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto
1993    Island in the Ice, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1992    Ring Gallery, Saint John, N.B.
1991    Robertson Galleries, Ottawa
1990    Park Lane Gallery, Halifax
1989    Riverside Art Museum, Vero Beach, Florida
1986    Waddington-Gorce Gallery, Montreal
1985    Gallery 32, Milan
1984    Habemi Centre Gallery, Tel Aviv
1984    Galleria Trentadue, Milan
1983    Canadian Cultural Centre, Rome
1983    Madison Gallery, Toronto
1983    Shayne Gallery, Montreal
1982    Gallery 32, Milan
1982    MacDonald Museum,  Middleton, N.S.
1982    Glen Gallery, Calgary
1982    Robertson Galleries, Ottawa
1981    National Museum of Art, Romania
1981    National Museum of Art, Cluj, Transylvania
1981    National Museum of Modern Art, Budapest
1981    Madison Gallery, Toronto
1980    Canada House - Belgium and England
1980    National Museum of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
1980    Cardigan-Milne Gallery, Winnipeg
1980    Liverpool Academy of Art, England
1979    Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal
1979    Art Gallery of Hamilton, ON
1979    Glenbow Institute, Calgary
1979    Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
1979    Art Gallery of Victoria, B.C.
1979    Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredricton
1979    Dartmouth Heritage Museum, N.S.
1979    MacDonald Museum, Middleton, N.S.
1978    Marlborough Godard Gallery, Toronto,
1978    West End Gallery, Edmonton
1977   Twenty Watercolours and Drawings, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia touring show
1976    Marlborough Gallery. New York
1975    Sir George Williams University, Montreal
1975    Hart House, University of Toronto, -
1975    Marlborough Godard Gallery, Toronto
1974    Art Gallery of Windsor, touring exhibition: Nova Scotia Museum
1972    Art Gallery of Windsor
1972    Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1972    Winnipeg Art Gallery
1972    Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris
1972    Boston City Hall Art Gallery
1971    Forrestall: High Realism, organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and touring  
            to Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, B.C.
1970    Roberts Gallery, Toronto
1969    Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
1968    Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Sir George Williams University, Montreal
1967    Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
1966    Darmouth College Art Gallery, New Hampshire
1965    Roberts Gallery, Toronto
1961-63    University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University, Dalhousie University.
                  Confederation Centre, New Brunswick Museum

Group Exhibitions
2001    Forrestall/Boucher Art Sales and Rentals, Art Gallery of N.S. Commissions
2001    Alfa chalk exhibition Argyle Fine Art Gallery Halifax
2000    Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition, Beaverbook Art Gallery, Fredericton
1996    Corel Viva Les Arts, Ottawa
1996    Face Value, Nova Scotia Portraiture Art Gallery of N.S.
1996    Between Oceans and Land, Taipe: Taiwan
1997    Resurrection Atlantic school of Theology, Halifax
1998    Texture - Musée d´art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal
1999    At the Great Harbour, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1999    Appearances of Reality, Wolfville

Acadia University
Archdiocese of Halifax
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Mississauga
Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Gallery of Windsor
Atlantic School of Theology
Bank of Montreal
Bank of Nova Scotia
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Canada Council Art Bank
CFB Halifax Officers' Mess
Concordia University
Confederation Center
Dalhousie Art Gallery
Dominion Foundries
Empire Corporation
Esso Resources
Irving Oil
IWK Health Centre
John F. Kennedy Library
K & D Industries
King's College
MacKenzie Art Gallery
McCain Foods
Memorial University
Midland Walwyn Capital
Mitsui Corporation
Mount Allison University
Mount St. Vincent University
Musee d'art contemporain
National Gallery of Hungary
New Brunswick Legislature
New Brunswick Museum
Newfoundland Corporation
Nova Scotia Legislature
Owens Art Gallery
Peerless Carpet Corporation
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Public Works Canada
Readers Digest
Rideau Hall; National Capital Commission
Royal Bank of Canada

2004 - Nominated for the Order of Nova Scotia
2001 - Farm Credit Corporation
2001 - Board of Directors of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
2000 - Appointed to Board of Governors of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
2000 - Bell Canada Enterprises
1998 - 125th anniversary R.C.M.P Painting
1998 - Honorary governor of Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1997 - Society of Tempera Painters Santa Fe, N.M
1996 - Canadian Fund National Capital Commission
1994 - Board of Directors Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1993 - Board of Directors Robert Pope Foundation
1992 - received the 125th Anniversary of Canada Medal
1990 - painted portrait of Sir John Thompson for Public Works Canada
1987 - Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Mount Allison University
1986 - painted portrait of Trudeau’s three sons, a gift from the nation to the former Prime Minister. Received the Order of Canada
1980 - Honorary Doctorate, University of King's College, Halifax 1979 - limited edition lithograph for the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
1977 - Queens Silver Jubilee Medal
1975 - Allied Arts Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
1973 - R.C.A.  (Member Royal Canadian Academy of Arts)

1972 - outdoor mural, Playhouse, Fredericton, N.B. – Secretary of State Citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1971 - two sculptures for the Federal Building, Antigonish, N.S.
1967 - outdoor sculpture for the Atlantic Pavilion, EXPO
1965 - Bronze of Sir Winston Churchill for the lobby of the New Brunswick Legislative Building.
1964 - Bronze portrait of John F. Kennedy for the Memorial to him in Fredericton, N.B. (The plaster cast is housed at the Kennedy Library in Waltham, Mass.)

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